Publicly Commit to Losing Weight

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  1. Brian99 says:


    You could not be more correct on this.

    I have found that by telling everyone that I am going to lose weight that I find that I am more motivated to do it. When I get the “well maybe I will just skip this day” thought in my head it is quickly countered by the “your going to let people down if you do” thought.

    I am doing this journey for me, but being accountable helps a whole lot. I just started my journey and your forums are helping alot. I am tracking my progress there.

    Thank you for the things you do and showing people that it is not to late to change and it can be done. You are a big motivation for me and others.

  2. Tyler says:

    You’re welcome. I’m glad you discovered what I did last January — public commitment and accountability makes a big difference. You don’t need a huge audience, you just need one or two people.

    But a dozen or two or a few hundred won’t hurt, which is what I’m sure you discovered in the forum.

  3. Mona says:

    What you’ve done is amazing. I need to loose about 100# and would be thrilled to just loose half that. I have started many times with diet and working out. Major stress and scheduling enters my life and all my efforts crash. I want to do it……know how to do it….but have a stronger need to eat bad food I guess. I don’t know how to break through that barrier and make my health my #1 priority over work and family. My spouse is supportive (and never a weight issue and won’t work out because they “don’t need to.”) and my mother has always told me I won’t do it……and she keeps being right in the end.

    Lost…… But, I am impressed with your journey and so happy for you! Hats off!

  4. DrLarry says:

    Excellent advice! Without tension there is no change.

  5. Alexandrea says:

    Off top, you are the person who inspired me to lose weight. I am 344 lbs. plus a little bit more lol. Day one of my exercising I couldn’t even walk a mile..I started July 20th of this year…It’s July 30th & if I don’t finish at least 6 miles a day jogging, than I get upset with myself. I made excuse after excuse of why I couldn’t do this. But you know what I owe it to myself and my family to have me around a lot longer, because I take care of everyone here you know. When I get upset or when my mind is trying to trick me into thinking I am hungry, I go for a jog…that usually does the trick. I think I have actually developed a passion for jogging. It relaxes me. To think of all the stressful times in my life where instead of walking or jogging I turned to food, it really makes me disappointed with myself. I also quit drinking soda all together…I figure that was the hardest thing so far lol. If I can make it through that, I can make it through anything! I really am glad that I came across your site when I did.

    Happy Anniversary & thank you!

  6. Big Clyde says:

    I am 1/3 of the way through my journey, but have hit a slow patch. I think it is due to some sad and stressful things in our family. It shouldn’t affect my eating and exercising, but I just have lost some focus and am working to get it back.

  7. Katie55 says:

    Happy Anniversary, Tyler!

    I was reluctant to put my goals out there- too many people in my life who know exactly what everyone else should do and are not shy about telling them! But once the weight started coming off and the workouts started giving me energy, I told whoever asked! My dh and children have been super supportive every step of the journey. Knowing that they were watching motivated me to keep making the choices that would get me to my goals.

  8. Esther Fox says:

    Hi Tyler~

    I started my weight loss journey back in June after I weighed in at my highest (247.6) and now as we approach August, as of today I am at 232.0. I found your blog when I was first starting and your story has really inspired me to keep on trucking.

    My husband on the other hand is similar to you when you first started, hovering at 331 right now. He works a 9-6 day job and uses that excuse to not go to the gym. However, to his defense, he has been eating A LOT better than he used to, since he eats what I eat. But I was wondering whether you could possibly give me some advice on how to ease him into a workout plan that would adjust well to his work schedule. Like, do you go every evening? Or do you go 3 evenings a week? I want him to be comfortable with it, but I also want him to see past the age of 50.

    Any advice would be appreciated 🙂

    Thanks again for being so awesome.

  9. Longhorn 44 says:

    Public Accountability is the SINGLE greatest common denominator to Successful weight loss journey’s.

    You have a much better chance of success if you let your personal social sphere know that you are on a journey.

    Once I made public declarations I was on my way to losing 100 lbs. in 6 months.

  10. edmond allen says:

    hey tyler,

    just want to say congrats on the weight loss. man im haveing trouble with loseing the weight. im a big guy and have alot of muscule but would like to trim down. i even wrote out my goals and gave them to my freinds and famliy to lose the weight but cant get over the hump. i like to work out its my diet and just general motivation to to it. i know i have some motivation because im constanly am doing research on excercise. if you can offer me any advice on this journey please feel free to email me thanks .

  11. Brian says:

    I told the world, and my wife, that I was prepared to grow old with her and no one else

    And thanks to your hard work over the last few years, you will have another decade or two to spend with her…

  12. Lucas says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I am 15 pounds up from where I was 2 summers ago. I had lost 45. I work out hard and often but I need to re-commit to portion control and other indulgences. I have a trip in Decemeber that I need to be bikini ready for so I have my motivation. Time to kick it into high gear again. 🙂

  13. beej says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I agree that a public committment is huge with weight loss. While it’s not a guarantee, it sure does inspire consistency. Without you I wouldn’t have a blog…without a blog, I wouldn’t have lost almost 150 pounds.

    If anyone out there is actually considering it, start one! They’re free (at least to start…).

  14. beej says:

    Great for you, Esther! Congrats on your success so far–starting is really tough to do.

    About your husband, I’d say (and I think most would agree), that all you can do right now is enourage, support, and provide a good example. Even if he started on this journey, he wouldn’t continue if he didn’t choose it or feel in his heart that he should do it.

    That being said, I work an average job: 7-4, and when you add in the commuting, It’s more like 6-5…I still try to do something every day (workout during my lunch, pushups/planks while watching TV, walks/runs after dinner…) anything is better than nothing, right?

    Sorry for butting in, Tyler, I’m sure you have great advice to give…

  15. Stephanie Arms says:

    Happy Anniversary. Your words are wonderful, and so true. I am definitely in the “scared to try again” mode. I just turned 37 and I am at my highest weight ever and can feel my body starting to give out on me, and I told myself that I would never be “like that”, but here I am. You would think that would be motivation enough. I have been following you for over a year now, and have been absolutely amazed and aw struck by your commitment. Keep up the great work and I know that you will get where you want to be.

  16. Paul says:


    Thanks for the great blog. I have struggled with my weight since being discharged from the Air Force 31 years ago. As the years have unfolded, my struggle has seen my weight creep higher and higher, to where today I find myself 53 and weighing 413 pounds (6’0″).

    Your blog/FB page/emails have been a regular reminder of my desire to make the change. Last week I made a commitment to my wife and daughter about working out. Yesterday a home gym I ordered arrived, and I’ve begun my journey.
    Thanks for the example and the encouragement. I know I’ve got the fight of my life on my hands. It’s good to see that there are those like yourself who have taken a stand to take control of their lives.

    My goal is to celebrate my wife’s and my 30th anniversary–July 4, 2011–by taking a favorite hike in Yosemite National Park. I’m determined to be fit enough to enjoy the day! btw–congrats on your 5th!!


  17. Charity says:

    Happy anniversary! We’ll be married 5 years this year too, in October. You’ve already given her such a great gift, yourself, being around for a lot more anniversaries!

  18. don says:

    Down 75 lbs (300 to 225) since Thanksgiving.. I owe a lot of it to this very blog. Thanks Tyler, I mean that man.

  19. kellied says:

    Happy Anniversary, Tyler! At five years, your journey together has really just begun. Enjoy and don’t lose sight of what you fell in love with in the first place.

    I’ve come down about 6 pounds from the 20 pound weight gain I had since last summer. Darn medication, anyway. i cannot really do too much more changing with my diet so I have started exploring the local logging roads for a couple of hours every night. While the scale hasn’t changed, i can tell that I am improving my stamina. my heart rate no longer spikes going up sharp inclines and I do not have to pause to rest my muscles or catch my breath near as often. the dogs and I hike in for an hour (I set a timer) and out for an hour, exploring everything we can along the way.
    While I may not get as quick of results as someone going to the gym on a regular basis, this method of exercise satisfies my soul. I’m not making excuses not to go!!

  20. Tyler says:

    I’d love to give you advice, but you just have to make it a priority. You know your situation, you have to adjust it accordingly to make losing weight an integral part in your life.

  21. Tyler says:

    It will always happen, you’ll always lose focus. Just know that losing focus does not equate failure, and just like everything in life you’ll be fully focused sometimes and not so much others.

    Just know it’s not failure, and you shouldn’t stop. Just work through the rough patches and it will get better.

  22. Tyler says:

    I go every evening. He needs to quit being lazy, just being bluntly. I get 5-6 hours asleep every night, take care of a daughter, do a lot of cleaning, and work 9 hours a day (in addition to this blog). I find time to go to the gym 4-5 nights a a week, and so does he.

    Show some tough love.

  23. Tyler says:

    Hi Edmond. Thanks for your comment. I don’t have much time to e-mail these days, but start posting on the forum. Myself, as well as a few hundred people, would love to contribute and give you advice.

  24. Tara says:

    I made my public commitment Dec 29th 2009 and it was the best thing I’ve ever done! Want to know where I am on my journey Tank? I stepped on the scale today and it said 193!!!!!!!!!

    Dude, that’s 70 freakin pounds!!!! Gone off my body. Gone off my soul and gone out of my life forever! I never thought I’d be here but if you want it bad enough, you can get it.

  25. Steph339 says:

    I’ve started my journey 7 weeks ago. Lost 26.6 pounds so far. Really hope to lose 90 more by the 5th of june 2011. My accountability comes from my family, friends and my coworkers. I too have started a blog but the thing that I am most proud of is that I asked my friends and family to sponsor my weight loss (10¢, 25¢, 50¢, 1$ or 2$ a pound) and the money will be given to a telethon for sick children. Right now I’m going at almost 15$ a pound.

    All my friends help me to stay on track.

    Tyler, your blog was my inspiration. I really love the way you put things in perspective. You’re the man!!

  26. Lyn says:

    I started 3 years ago at 278 pounds, and today I weigh 191. I am absolutely committed to dropping another 30 pounds, maybe more depending on how it feels when I get there. I want to get 30 off by January 1st 🙂

  27. Camille says:

    I read The Game On Diet book and gathered up nine women to play it with me March 1st. Since then, I have played this game a few times with a core group of six. I have lost 37 lbs, and have 38 more to go to get to my goal weight. It feels like a full-time job – getting the exercise in, shopping for healthy foods, planning meals, counting calories, etc. And I do all of this while working full-time and raising two kids. You have done amazing yourself and the support you provide others is very generous.

  28. Nate says:

    I started my weight loss journey just this past week. My first weigh in: a whopping 346.6 lbs. Yikes. This week I’ve started eating all healthy foods (now including an actual breakfast), hitting the elliptical for 35 minutes a day M-F, and 45 minutes on Saturday. It’s quite a change, but I’m getting used to it. I can’t wait to see how this goes.

  29. kellied says:

    Tara, I love seeing how much you have changed!

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